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Last weekend saw our East Rockingham Waste-to-Energy facility start The Big Move of nine preassembled Boiler Cube modules, travelling the 1.6 km from AGC’s fabrication facility to site under police escort at night.
Modules # 101 and 103 completed the trip via two Self-Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMTs), using 16 axles per unit.
Module 101 (15.7m wide x 18.4m long x 14m high, weighing 310 tonnes) departed the preassembly facility at 11pm on Saturday night, arrived on-site at 1am and landed on the temporary storage pad at 2am on Sunday. Module 103 (15.7 x 18.5 x 14m, weighing 190T) departed at 4.30am on Sunday and arrived on-site at 7.30am. The cubes will now be moved into place by the world’s largest crane (by lifting capacity).
Prep works for this substantial logistical feat included:
- Engineering, fabrication and installation of temporary steel to facilitate the module movement
- Lane closures along three main roads as per the Traffic Management Plan
- Tree lopping along the travel route as per the Environmental Permit
- Light post and signage removal, and
- Placement of steel plates to safely cross underground gas pipelines.
And no doubt a bit of pressure on the team!
Project Director Tim Deighton said thanks for “a huge effort by all involved.”
“Despite one of the wettest nights in a long time, the difficult move through a narrow route was achieved safely and in a timely manner.
“A lot of dogged determination from the team to overcome many obstacles.”
The decision to preassemble the modules offsite has saved the project significate time against the program.